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What About This Guy?

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

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Thanks to Theresa and her family for my DVD set of “Bob,” the awesome forgotten 1992 sitcom from Bob Newhart, in which he played a comic book artist!

Pokey Man

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Gee, I’m slow in my old age. (What was my excuse before?) I’m pretty sure most of my classmates will have completed comic books tonight. I’ve done the finished artwork on 2 1/2 pages, have drawn up to page 6, and still have to draw pages 7 and 8. Oh, and I guess I have to draw a cover. Should be easy to do in 2 weeks, as long as I stop getting distracted by shiny objects.

Now, Page 4

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Yes, that’s right, I’m not even halfway through the rough drawings, but I was somehow compelled to produce that polished first page yesterday. A window into my inherent inefficiency.

But Wait, There’s More?

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Wouldn’t it be cool to open up a comic book and see this as the first page? Wouldn’t it also be cool if 7 additional equally-finished pages were right behind it? It suuure would.

Perspective for Digital Dummies

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Ok, I think I’m back to inking digitally. One of the cool things you can do in Clip Studio is easily create perspective guides. It’s a great time to be a hack!

Softening Up

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I know everyone’s sick of looking at the same handful of panels, but I’m still experimenting with ink. I liked the look of my Elmo cartoon yesterday, which was done with my Kuretake brush pen. Its softness lends itself to looser, thicker lines, so even if I’m tracing a pencil drawing, it’s bound to feel less stiff. There’s still a part of me that wants to get that smooth crowquill look of, say, Blondie or Pogo, but at my current skill level I should probably either go for the looser look, or give up and ink on the computer.

Inka Dinka Drab

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

I’m torn. Inking is fun, and I’ll get better with practice, but I feel like I’m sucking the¬†spontaneity¬†out of my sketches. My life drawing teacher mentioned that some particular artist (I have the memory of a 35-year-old) would sketch just the important points and curves of a figure, and then would connect those curves with swift, smooth strokes of ink instead of “chicken scratches.” So I think my next experiment will be to pencil by placing enough landmarks to ground my inking, but with enough gaps to allow me to feel a little more free with my hand.